Ring in the holidays with a Cruel Yule courtesy of the Film Noir Foundation! Join us Wednesday, December 19, 7:30 p.m., at San Francisco's Castro Theatre for Charles Laughton's The Night of the Hunter (1955). The holiday season is the perfect time to share this timeless noir fairytale about the eternal human struggle—between avarice and atonement, sinners and saviors, good and evil. Robert Mitchum gives a legendary performance as a vile and conniving ex-con masquerading as a man of the cloth. He's not about to let two innocent children come between him and a long-hidden bounty. Shelley Winters may be a gullible mark for this faux preacher, but spinster Rachel Cooper (a memorable portrayal by Lillian Gish) knows the devil when she sees it. Actor Charles Laughton created a stunning work of magical realism, the only picture he'd ever direct. Why not quit while you're ahead? This is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
In addition to bearing gifts of compelling cinematic artistry at NOIR CITY Xmas, host Eddie Muller will reveal the program for the upcoming NOIR CITY 17 festival January 25-February 3, 2019 at the Castro Theatre. Plus, for your holiday shopping pleasure, we'll have NOIR CITY 17 Passports (all-access passes) for sale, along with select FNF merchandise, on the Castro mezzanine.
Here's your chance to prove it's not such a bitter little world after all! At this year's NOIR CITY Xmas, we will have collection bins available for both the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program and the SF-Marin Food Bank, and we encourage everyone to give what they can. The San Francisco Firefighters are looking for toys and books for kids, infants through 12 years old. Items must be not be gift wrapped. The SF-Marin Food Bank needs the following: peanut butter, low-sugar cereal, whole-grain rice, pasta, oats, low-sodium soups and stews, tuna and other canned meats, and canned fruits and vegetables. Please no glass, opened items, perishables, or items past their "use before" date. Thank you in advance for any contributions you can make of toys (including books) or food.
Enjoy 10 glorious days and nights of noir-themed double features as NOIR CITY returns to the Castro Theatre January 25-February 3, 2019 for its 17th year! See these movies, 24 in all, as they were meant to be seen, on the big screen in one of America's greatest movie palaces! FNF founder and president Eddie Muller will guide you through the festival's dark alleyways.
The NOIR CITY 17 film schedule, program notes, and active links to purchase tickets will be available here, on this website, at 6pm Wednesday, December 19.
Secure your spot for all the fun with an all-access NOIR CITY 17 PASSPORT for $125 -- now on sale! This all-access festival pass grants the bearer:
✽ Entry to all films during NOIR CITY 17
✽ Separate passport holders' queue for early admittance to the theater for all shows
✽ Opening night passholders' reception (Castro mezzanine) beginning at 6 pm on Jan. 25
Proceeds from the NOIR CITY festival help fund the FNF's restoration and preservation efforts year-round. This is your chance to have a smashing time AND preserve a valuable art form. The perfect holiday gift for the film lover in your family! → PURCHASE HERE
Passports are non-transferable. All sales are final. Patrons MUST arrive 20 minutes before showtime to be guaranteed a seat!
NOIR CITY made a victorious return to its home at the historic Castro Theatre January 26–February 4, 2018 with its largest audience yet, selling out the 1400 seat movie palace on multiple nights. "Film Noir from A to B" took audiences back in time with a program of 12 genuine "A" and "B" double bills, spanning the breadth of the original film noir era, 1941 to 1953. The festival presented 24 classic noirs as they were experienced on their original release, pairing a top-tier studio "A" with a shorter, low-budget second feature, or "B" film. All but one of the films were presented in glorious 35mm.
As always, NOIR CITY producer and FNF founder and president Eddie Muller guided attendees through the blind alleys of NOIR CITY. But he wasn't all alone. Victor Mature's daughter Victoria Mature joined the Czar of Noir on opening night to introduce H. Bruce Humberstone's I Wake Up Screaming (1941), starring her father and Betty Grable. Victoria surprised the crowd with an impromptu rendition of Street Scene while discussing the film's score. As usual the current Ms. NOIR CITY, Annabelle Zakaluk, also joined Eddie on stage during the festival's evening performances. On January 31, Michael Curtiz - A Life in Film, author and FNF board member Alan K. Rode introduced Curtiz' The Unsuspected (1947). The FNF's latest restoration "re-premiered" on Saturday night, February 3—The Man Who Cheated Himself, an independently made noir thriller from 1950 shot on location in San Francisco.
Thanks to the generosity of NOIR CITY patrons and FNF donors, the Foundation was able to fully fund the restoration of this film. Prior to the screening, festival host Muller announced the recipient of this year's $5,000 FNF/Nancy Mysel Legacy Grant—Shahed Dowlatshahi of New York University's Masters of Arts in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program. A heart-felt acceptance video by Mr. Dowlatshahi screened for the San Francisco audience directly after the announcement.
NOIR CITY then took its show on the road with NOIR CITY satellite festivals in Denver, Hollywood, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Detroit and Washington D.C. We look forward to seeing you again next year for NOIR CITY 17, January 25-February 3, 2019, at the Castro Theatre and at our satellite fests too!
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UPCOMING NOIR CITY DATES
NOIR CITY Xmas (San Francisco): Dec 19
NOIR CITY 17 (San Francisco): Jan 25-Feb 3, 2019
NOIR CITY Seattle: Feb 15-21, 2019
NOIR CITY Hollywood: Mar 29-Apr 7, 2019
NOIR CITY Austin: May 17-19, 2019
NOIR CITY Boston: June 7-9, 2019
ALL FOR A GOOD CAUSE
The FNF funded 35mm restoration of The Man Who Cheated Himself, had its world premiere in San Francisco at NOIR CITY 16 in January 2018, fittingly as the film was shot on location in the City by the Bay. The Felix Feist-directed feature, which concerns a cop entangled with a cunning socialite who murders her husband, played the NOIR CITY festival circuit throughout 2018.
The only existing 35mm print of the independently made noir thriller from 1950 was screened last April as part of the annual NOIR CITY: Hollywood festival at the Egyptian Theatre. It was apparent that "vinegar syndrome" had afflicted the print since its previous screening at a NOIR CITY festival in 2006. "We realized we needed to do something immediately," said FNF president Eddie Muller. "I mean, this is Lee J. Cobb's only starring role, and the one time Jane Wyatt played a femme fatale. Can't lose that."
20th Century-Fox, the film's original distributor, provided an original fine-grain from its vault as the essential restoration element, and UCLA's Head of Restoration, Scott MacQueen, oversaw the project—which for the first time includes restoration of the film's original trailer, as well. The Felix Feist-directed feature, which concerns a cop entangled with a cunning socialite who murders her husband, will play the NOIR CITY circuit in 2018.
A June 23, 2018 screening of the film on TCM's Noir Alley hosted by Muller, was followed by Flicker Alley's DVD/Blu-ray combo of the film on Blu-ray with special features produced by the FNF. You can buy your own copy directly from Flicker Alley here. In addition to The Man Who Cheated Himself, NOIR CITY patrons and FNF donors have made it possible over the years for the FNF to restore Los tallos amargos (1956), Cry Danger (1951), The Prowler (1951), Try and Get Me! (1951), Repeat Performance (1947), High Tide (1947), Too Late for Tears (1949), The Guilty (1947) and Woman on the Run (1950), as well as funding our many 35mm preservations. DONATE HERE and be a film noir savior.
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